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  • adj. extremely painful


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  • Oh, these evasive and tangled and torturesome thoughts!!

    An American Tragedy

  • The morrow dawned after an all but sleepless night, harrowed by the most torturesome dreams in regard to Roberta, men who arrived to arrest him, and the hike, until at last he arose, his nerves and eyes aching.

    An American Tragedy

  • It would seem only a trifle for the heedless Hicks to give up his mystery, and tell Bannister all about Thor; yet, had the Hercules reconsidered, and played football, the torturesome youth would have bewildered his colleagues as long as possible, or until they made him divulge the truth.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • The vocal and instrumental chaos was frequently punctured by revolver reports, as the torturesome Caruso outside roared:

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • The gladsome youth's motive had been free from any torturesome purpose.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • If anything, it seemed that Hicks strove to fight off thoughts of the end of his golden campus years, using as weapons his torturesome saengerfests, his Beefsteak

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • They invaded the graceless youth's room, much to the pretended alarm of that torturesome collegian, who believed that the entire student-body of old Bannister had foregathered to wreak vengeance on his devoted head.

    T. Haviland Hicks Senior

  • History under this new teacher had become something more than a dog-eared text-book; geography more than stained and torn wall-maps; reading more than a torturesome process of making sounds.

    Virginia of Elk Creek Valley

  • He now frequently, for several days, would not return home; and afterwards, having come, would undergo torturesome hours of feminine interrogations, scenes, tears, even hysterical fits.

    Yama: the pit

  • There are no words capable of expressing how torturesome this affliction is; to my physical suffering there was added a distinct mental disquietude arising from a sense of injustice that nature, supposed to be so benignant to her friends, should have punished me so grievously for having sought to cultivate and foster her arts.

    The House An Episode in the Lives of Reuben Baker, Astronomer, and of His Wife, Alice


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